Alabama Editor Retires, Sells Paper 5 Months After Pro-KKK Op-Ed

Former Democrat-Reporter editor-and-chief Goodloe Sutton is no longer affiliated with newspaper after writing in February that the Ku Klux Klan “needs to ride again,” according to Thursday’s edition.

“It’s mine now. I have a bill of sale and everything,” Tommy Wells, the new owner and operator of the controversial local paper in Alabama, said, according to the Associated Press.

“He doesn’t even have a key anymore,” Wells said of Sutton.

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In February, Sutton announced he was stepping down from his role at the paper and was succeeded by 46-year-old African-American Elecia R. Dexter. However, by March, Dexter announced she was stepping down as editor-in-chief. Sutton had been trying to see the paper for years, the AP reported.

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Sutton was censured by the Alabama Press Association for the editorial, which stated: “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.

“Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities [in Washington]. They call them compounds now. Truly they are the ruling class,” it continued.

At the time, local politicians Rep. Terri Sewell and Sen. Doug Jones called for Sutton to resign.

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Former Democrat-Reporter editor-and-chief Goodloe Sutton is no longer affiliated with newspaper after writing in February that the Ku Klux Klan “needs to ride again,” according to Thursday’s edition.

“It’s mine now. I have a bill of sale and everything,” Tommy Wells, the new owner and operator of the controversial local paper in Alabama, said, according to the Associated Press.

“He doesn’t even have a key anymore,” Wells said of Sutton.

In February, Sutton announced he was stepping down from his role at the paper and was succeeded by 46-year-old African-American Elecia R. Dexter. However, by March, Dexter announced she was stepping down as editor-in-chief. Sutton had been trying to see the paper for years, the AP reported.

Sutton was censured by the Alabama Press Association for the editorial, which stated: “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.

“Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities [in Washington]. They call them compounds now. Truly they are the ruling class,” it continued.

At the time, local politicians Rep. Terri Sewell and Sen. Doug Jones called for Sutton to resign.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Black Woman Hired as New Editor and Publisher of Alabama Newspaper That Called for KKK to 'Ride Again'

Alabama Newspaper Editorial Says Ku Klux Klan 'Needs to Ride Again'

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